Turkey Attack: Car bomb targets government buildings in Turkey's east

14:49 Sep. 12, 2016

Car bomb targets government buildings in Turkey's east

People and security members look at damage after a car bomb attack in city center of Van, eastern Turkey, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 (AP photo)

About 50 people wounded, local authorities report

Suspected Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb near local government offices in Turkey's southeastern city of Van on Monday, wounding scores of people, a day after two dozen mayors from Kurdish-run municipalities were stripped of office, Reuters reports.

The blast hit some 200 meters from the Van provincial governor's office, security sources said, ripping through the city's central district and setting buildings and cars aflame. Officials said 48 people were wounded but no one died.

Iranian nationals may have been among the wounded, CNN Turk said. Van sits about 100 km east of the border with Iran.

Southeastern Turkey has suffered repeated bombings and other attacks since the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, which has waged a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy in the region, abandoned a ceasefire in 2015.

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